Burns – how to deal with them
Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on June 26, 2008
I used lavender essential oil for all burns and cuts. However this isn’t the only thing you can do. Here is an article with other suggestions:
From: newsletter@herballe gacy.com(Herbal Legacy Newsletter)
Sponsored by The School of Natural Healing & Christopher Publications
June 25, 2008
We have a very important article to share with you today – it is titled
“Treating Burns” by Master Herbalist David Christopher. If you follow
the steps in this article you can help save yourself and loved ones from
needless pain and disfigurement. We encourage you to read this
article carefully, print it so you can refer to it when needed, and pass
it on to your friends and family.
By David W. Christopher M.H., and founding member of A.H.G.
There are a lot of misconceptions in treating and caring for burns.
Those that have been burned need not suffer pain and disfigurement nor
undergo expensive and questionable plastic surgery.
The first myth that causes excruciating pain is the supposed necessity
of exposing the burn to air. Adherence to this myth has caused
extreme pain and suffering. Airing out burns is not necessary and is
The next myth that causes undo pain and scarring is that one should not
use oil on burns. Olive oil based herbals prevent scarring and
The third myth is the necessity of debridement. Clearly, leaking
fluids, decaying tissues, and bacteria need to be removed but not by the
present methods using wipes and brushes. I can not think of anything
so tortuous. In fact, nurses who care for burn patients take special
psychological training enabling them to continue their duties regardless
of the screams of their patients. It is even more heartrending when
they change dressings for children who have been badly burned.
First- submerge wound in very cold or ice water. If clothing is
involved, submerge affected areas in ice water clothes and all, and then
carefully remove clothing from these areas. This is to prevent
pulling off the skin.
Second-apply burn ointment (see Herbal legacy –
http://www.herballe gacy.com/ Burns_Sunburns. html Comfrey Paste) or simply
combine Dr. Christopher’ s BFC salve (now called Complete Tissue and Bone
ointment) with an equal amount of pure raw honey. Mix well and apply
thickly (1/16 inch), then apply soft fresh leaves (plantain, dandelion,
even the soft parts of spinach or lettuce) then apply gauze to secure
the leaves, then cover with soft padding and secure with an ace
bandage. (Caution: gauze applied directly over the ointment, when
removed, will pull off the new skin that the body is trying so hard to
make). Non stick pads will trap bacteria and fluids and worsen the
condition. Leaves allow oxygen in the air to counter the bacteria but
still provide a comfortable barrier. ; The dressing should be changed
2 to 3 times daily, depending on elimination.
Glory, age 5, was on the floor doing her homework when her brother
passed by carrying a load of books. He tripped on the cord to the
crock pot, which spilled its contents of hot soup on Glory’s abdomen and
legs. Panic ensued, resulting in running around with scalding hot
clothes. Her Dad rushed in and immediately put her under a cold
They removed the clothes and rushed her to the hospital. On the way
they applied the honey that they grabbed on their way out the door.
At the hospital the prospect was grim. They applied Silvadene or some
such product and pain killers. Needless to say, there was no progress
or relief for three days, yet they would not release the child to the
parents. The mother called me on the second day and I taught her the
herbal protocol for burns. Instead of releasing the child they
transferred her to Shriner’s Hospital in Galveston, Texas. The family
followed. At Shriner’s one of the top surgeons in the country
explained about shaving her head and removing the skin from her head to
graft into the legs and abdomen. This was necessary because according
to modern medicine, “the damage was too great and could not heal without
horrible disfigurement. ”
The parent’s pleaded for time at home for mental calming of the child,
good sleep and familiar food and surroundings.
A miracle ensued that they were able to take the child home. Here they
applied the protocol mentioned earlier. They saw more progress in one
day than was evident in the hospital in 10 days. Today she is doing
great and is mostly scar free. If they hadn’t wasted time in hospital
care, she would have healed faster with little pain and no scarring.
Glory’s mom has agreed to allow us to share the pictures of her burns
and recovery with you. They are located on our website – however, we
want to warn you before you click on the link that the pictures are very
graphic due to the severity of the burns. In order to show the burns
and the healing Glory is unclothed.
To see the pictures please click the following link:
http://www.herballe gacy.com/ Treating_ Burns.html.
For complete protocol on burns I suggest the excellent book “Comfort for
the burned and Wounded” by John Keim. This can be purchased from
Christopher Publications for $14.95. To order please visit:
http://www.christop herpublications. com/Keim_ Comfort_Burned. html.
Printable Version: http://www.herballe gacy.com/ Treating_ Burns.pdf
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